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Alumna Flies High

If you happened to go to Washington and Lee’s dance concert over the weekend and then happened to watch Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast, you would have seen clear similarities between one of the aerial dances performed by W&L alumna Sharon Witting of the Class of 1991 and her partner, Andrea Burkholder, and the much-discussed Grammy performance by singer Pink. In both cases, the performers were wrapped in silk material as they spun above the stage. Sharon, an anthropology major at W&L, has performed with Carla & Company, Air Dance Bernasconi and Virginia Ballet. She and Burkholder comprise the Washington, D.C.-based company Arachne Aerial Arts. Have a look at their Web site for more photos and videos. They began flying together in 2000. Sharon began aerial training at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts.  She has 15 years of arts administration experience, most recently with the Association of Children’s Museums.

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